Top 5 vacation destinations

We live on an exquisite planet. There are a vast array of climates and terrains for us to explore. There are so many cultures and histories to discover just by travelling. The world is a rich and diverse mesh of art, food, people and places. No two places are the same. But with such a large variety it may be hard to choose. Depending on what you’re looking to experience during your travels, the best vacation destinations may vary. However, in this top 5 vacation destinations, there is sure to be something for everyone. Take a look at these 5 breath-taking destinations:

Rome, Italy

For sightseers and history buffs, Rome is a dream. There is so much to see and experience in this gorgeous city. Your visit should not be a short one, as you cannot rush taking in all there is to offer. The Italian cuisine is divine; glorious pastas, thin crisp pizzas and lovely white wines from the nearby Castelli Romani. Italy is a feast of side street cafés, pizzerias and amazing historical sites. So when in Rome, be sure to feast your eyes on some, if not all, of the following:

  • Colosseum
  • Pantheon
  • Roman Forum
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Vatican City
  • Piazza Navona
  • Spanish Steps
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Castel Sant’ Angelo
  • Palatine Hill
  • St Peters’ basilica

That’s just a few of many amazing sites in Rome. While you’re there, get yourself so renowned Italian gelato and take a walk through this amazing city.

Cusco, Peru

This South American gem is home to the UNESCO world heritage site, Machu Picchu. These awe inspiring Inca ruins are visited by many, year round. Situated in the Andes mountain, the view from anywhere on this site is amazing. A sight to that is so rich in history, it will take you back hundreds of years. There is amazing food available on site. And while some people prefer to stay in Cusco itself, as it is cheaper, you can opt to stay at Machu Picchu itself. Then you can take the afternoon train back to Cusco. A photographers dream, there is so many picture waiting to be taken. Especially on the day hiking trails as well as different treks the mist well known being the 4 day Inca  trek. You can also trek the Huayna or Machu Picchu mountains but the booking for those need to be done about six months in advanced.

Kathmandu, Nepal

Regardless of the earthquake that was experienced last year, Kathmandu still thrives. It’s colorful culture is alive and the spirit of this city endures. Medieval temples and rickshaw rides should be anticipated. As well as some breath-taking views of the Himalayas. Here, you can partake in an incredible trek to the Everest base camp. Where the brave who embark up the mountain begin their journey. You can also take many tour of the city, including a private tour of the Kathmandu temples.

Cape Town, South Africa

Lovingly referred to as “the mother city”, Cape Town is a beautiful city with amazing views all round. Surrounded by lots of close proximity little towns along its coast. All connected by  convenient and scenic seaside trains. From the lush Cape winelands to the beautiful table mountain. There is no doubt, Cape Town is stunning.  For a day drive you could visit Cape Point, where the two oceans meet. There is also the renowned Boulders beach where you can swim with the penguins! Visit Robben Island, a place of great historical significance in South Africa. As this is where the late Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years before he went on to become president. A warm and friendly, culturally diverse city with wonderful open skies and lovely warm climate. The best times to visit are October through February, though many people visit year round.

Paris, France

One of the world’s most recognised cities for its art, fashion and of course cuisine. Dubbed one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris has a lovely old worldly charm. The city of lights has an intimate feeling about it. It’s iconic landmarks are known the world over. However, you cannot fully understand the true wonders of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc De Triomphe or any of the others, without seeing them for yourself.  The food is wonderful and the streets are littered with heavenly bakeries and cheese shops. The churches are some of the most glorious the world, Notre-dame and Sacré-coer being two of the most famous. One of the most visited and celebrated cities in the world, and there’s no questions why.

Travelling can give you experiences that you never thought were possible. You’ll make memories that no one can take away from you. The world has so much to offer and it’s just waiting to be discover.

How to write a book

Writing a book can be a daunting task and many books go incomplete because of this. The truth is, writing an entire book isn’t easy. You need to have motivation and dedication. But first and foremost you need planning. If you plan your book correctly it can help keep you motivated as you write. Not to mention that planning your book will help lessen the pressure of completion as it will seem like a more achievable task.

Here are some tips on how to write a book, how to stay motivated and how to finish your book:

How to write a book

Come up with an idea

Before you even begin to write your book you need to decide what it is going to be about. Ensure that the idea you have is sufficent enough to create enough content for a book. Consider things that interest you. Thing you know about or are curious about. consider what you can add to your idea that can make it more complelling. You can even ask others’ opinions at this point. This may the the confirmation you need to get motivated and inspired by your own idea. These opinions could also help you to better your idea.

Research

It is vital that you so reseach when you’re going to write a book. You should research other books that were written on your desired topic. This way you can make your own book distinct from the others. You should also research anything to do with your story that you may be unsure about. The more you know the better. It makes your book more believable.

Document it all

When planning on writing a book, you need too keep track of everything. When I say everything, i mean everything. Get yourself something to write in. Be it a writing pad or a notebook. In this notebook, you should write down any ideas about the book you have in mind. You can even keep it with you on the go in case inspiration hits.

You should create an overview of your story in your notebook. This should include:

  • Your origional idea.
  • Your research summaries.
  • A basic outline of your book. Outlining the basic plot of your book will help you see where your book is going and how far it has come.
  • If your book includes characters you should make character notes. What are their names? What do they look like? Give a character description. Maybe some background story. Some authors even draw their characters. Develope your characters as much as possible.
  • Write about and describe any places that appear in your book.
  • Plan your chapters, what they will be called and what information you’d like them to include. This will help the writing process flow more easily. It will also help you to keep the book story clearly mapped out in your mind. This way you always know what direction you’re moving in with your book.

Begin the writing process

Start writing your book. Using your notes you should have no problem finding where to start. If you are having trouble starting your book, simply refer to your outline and write a section of the book you feel comfortable with. You could even write a very basic first draft and go back and add in the details ect.

EDIT!

It is important to edit as you go along. Check your spelling. Check your grammer. Check for any repetative sentances or paragraphs in your book. Look out for any parts of the book that do not work and do not be afraid to cut them out. The more relavant and well writen your book is, the more people will want to read it.

While you’re at it get a few people to read your book. Ask for their honest opinion and see if they think anything can be added or removed at this point.  Then move onto your next draft of your book in which you alter anything that needs to be.

Tips on how to make sure you finish your book

  • Set aside some time to write each day. If possible treat writing like it is your job. Or atleast a side job.
  • Find or make yourself a space to write. Pick a place where you can be inspired and forcused.
  • Set Goals. Have a total of how many words you would like your book to consist of. Then set yourself a weekly wordcount goal.
  • Write everyday, even when you think you don’t have enough time. Don’t let your book just sit there. Keep it moving forward, progressing. Even if it’s just 300 words at a time.
  • Be persistent with yourself and make yourself to push through any procrastination you may experience. Persist through writers block. One of the best ways to overcome writers block is just keep writing.

Remember that practice makes perfect. And if your first book doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped it would that’s alright. It is normal. You shouldn’t give up. There are always more books waiting to be written.